Have you ever thought about your email privacy?
People email each other everyday for different purposes. From holiday greetings to breakups to business marketing, you can send an email to separate recipients worldwide.
But, you’d be wrong if you think that your privacy is safe simply because your email was between you and your recipient.
Individuals and companies around the globe pay others to take your personal information. This information is then used for their own purposes (whether good or bad).
How do you bolster your privacy?
Simple: use an anonymous email!
What is an anonymous email?
An anonymous email is one that makes your address and personal identifying information unavailable to your recipients.
It may not stop truly determined persons from finding out the contents of your email. But even so, they won’t be able to trace any of your email’s contents back to you.
Anonymous email vs. regular email
How does using anonymous email protect your privacy better than a regular email?
You may be someone who emails everyday. Needless to say, the contents of your email as well as the information linking it to you has to pass through many untrustworthy email servers or ISPs. These “middle men” can view and monitor the data related to your email without you knowing. The worst ones will sell or use your data for their own purposes.
This is why your privacy is at risk with regular emails.
Who should use an anonymous email?
You should use an anonymous email if you’re:
- A journalist who needs to keep their sources private
- A journalist’s anonymous source and you want to keep it that way
- A whistleblower or someone who wishes to testify to a crime
- Someone who wants to tell someone else the truth
- Someone who just wants to avoid spam emails
- Someone who just wants more online privacy
That being said:
You may feel that resorting to anonymous emailing seems sketchy–and I don’t blame you. Hackers often use anonymous email accounts to send emails that contain a viruses that allow them to steal delicate information. (I hope you aren’t one of them)
How to send anonymous email?
Since an anonymous email can be any email that doesn’t provide your address and personal information, there are many ways to send them.
- Disposable email addresses
- Permanent email addresses that use fake personal information
- Using a proxy server
- Simply omitting parts of your personal information on the email
- Using a private email service
So, what have we learned?
An anonymous email can boost your privacy; allow you to say what you need to say; and you can send them through many different ways.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, though.
If you want a more detailed guide on anonymous emails (including examples of the best private email services and how to transition from regular email to anonymous email), click the link below:
About the author of this article
This article was written by John Mason, John Mason is an online security and privacy enthusiast.
He is currently working at TheBestVPN.com, you can also find him on Twitter:
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